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Today's News

  • Plein Air Program starts Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    For the second year, the Las Vegas Plein Air Club will be hosting its annual Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out.

    Rooted in 19th century Impressionist’s fascination with light and landscape, “En plein air” or “in the open air” refers to the practice of painting and sketching outdoors.

  • Shame on Congress

    Here we are at the start of another federal fiscal year and still no budget.

    For about 800,000 federal workers deemed “non-essential” that means forced furloughs. For members of the public it means closures of national parks and monuments and other federal agencies, and fears that an already weak economy will get even weaker.

    Worse yet, it’s a sign that our elected officials in Washington may just be irresponsible enough to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a move that would force our nation to default on its financial obligations.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 2, 2013
  • Work of Art — ‘You’re a heretic’

    For years I’ve read about the old school marms, usually found in Dickensian novels, whose only way of passing on erudition is by ridicule.

    But it goes beyond what we read in Victorian novels; for some, it was a daily experience.

    Was I always a skeptic, or at least an inveterate questioner? In exasperation, Mom once announced to the family that the first word I ever spoke was “why?”

  • MMS runners finish on a high note

    For the second time in as many years, Memorial Middle School’s Makayla Quintana has raced to an individual championship in the Meadow City Cross Country Invitational.

    Quintana led the MMS girls to a team title Saturday in their final meet of the fall, while Leandro Garduño did the same for the MMS boys. (See Monday’s Optic for related story.)

    Coach Mike Maldonado said his teams finished well to punctuate a productive overall season that included several championship finishes.

  • Home course advantage

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez trailed South Plains College’s Jose Martinez through the first mile or two of Saturday’s NMHU XC Jam, but the Mora standout was just biding his time, pacing himself for the push to come.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 2, 2013

    Wednesday
    Cross country
    • Memorial Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m.
    Volleyball
    • Valley Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley

    Thursday
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., WLV

    Friday
    Football

  • Chief apologizes for sign flap

    The city code enforcement calls to local real estate agents came after 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. The message: You have until tomorrow to move your real estate signs from the public right of way.

    Within minutes, cell phones began to ring at City Hall, where the mayor and Council were in the middle of a work session. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and City Councilors paused to take the calls, and they appeared taken aback by the real estate agents’ accounts of the calls.

  • Cardinal Spirit
  • Man accused of taking drugs into jail

    A Las Vegas area man was scheduled to be arraigned in San Miguel County Magistrate Court this morning for allegedly smuggling drugs into the San Miguel County Detention Center back in June.

    An arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case in August and recently obtained by the Optic sheds light on the case.